When it comes to deep frying, the golden tip is to keep a close watch on the temperature of the oil. Thankfully, there are numerous ways to ascertain that even in the absence of a oil thermometer. Below, we have compiled such easy methods that only require common household items, and that are easy to practice — even for the rookie cook!
Fried foods are a guilty pleasure; despite being high calorie foods, they are popular for being very tasty and requiring little to no know-how.
If you love fried foods, then surely you understand the significance of oil thermometers. Whether you're frying spring rolls, doughnuts, chicken or French fries, you have to keep a close watch on the oil temperature if you want to cook the food at the proper rate and prevent undercooked or burnt products.
Other times, you'll likely need to know the temperature of your oil because the recipe requires so. But fret not! If you don't have an oil thermometer, you can use common items that are probably lying around in your kitchen to measure the temperature of your deep frying oil. Here's how:
Bread is probably that one food item that is available in the average household. To use this method, all you have to do is drop a 1-inch square of bread into the oil. If it takes 60 seconds to brown, then the oil is at 365°F.
No, you don't have to search for a wooden stick. Just use the handle of your wooden ladle or chopstick! To apply this method, preheat the oil Nd then dip the wooden item of your choice into the oil.
If the oil starts steadily bubbling, then the oil is hot enough for frying. If the oil bubbles too vigorously, then the oil is too hot and you should let it cool off a little. If no or very few bubbles pop up, then it’s not hot enough.
Last but not least, you can drop a single kernel of popcorn into the oil as it is heating. As soon as the oil reaches a temperature between 350°F and 360°F, the kernel will pop. When this happens, make sure to remove the kernel to prevent it from burning and ruining the oil.
Do you know any other ways to check oil temperature without using an oil thermometer?